By Nigel Copsey (auth.)
No different political social gathering within the historical past of Britain's fascist culture has been as profitable on the poll field as ultra-modern British nationwide occasion (BNP). This completely revised and up to date version of up to date British Fascism bargains an in-depth research of the BNP and its quest for social and political legitimacy.
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This had featured Tyndall, ﬂanked by Union Jacks, regurgitating well-worn themes: the failure of 32 Contemporary British Fascism the ‘old parties’, opposition to mass immigration, withdrawal from the Common Market, and so on. 18 But in the founding Principles and Policies of the British National Party (1982), which remained true to 1970s NF policy, repatriation was cast in stone: Immigration into Britain by non-Europeans…should be terminated forthwith, and we should organise a massive programme of repatriation and resettlement overseas of those peoples of non-European origin already resident in this country.
Indeed, over a ﬁve-year period (1984–89), elections were only sporadically contested by Tyndall’s BNP and, what’s more, its forays into the electoral arena became ever more irregular and intermittent. 68 Nonetheless, the itch to ﬁght elections remained persistent, especially amongst local party activists for whom, in the absence of more meaningful electoral engagement, branch activity lacked ﬁre and imagination – the regular drill of doorto-door leaﬂeting and routine paper sales hardly infused them with vitality.
In June 1982 some BNP members led by Ray Hill attempted to bring the party to wider attention by interrupting a BBC radio transmission of ‘Any Questions’ in Peterborough. 12 But as for other possibilities, marches and rallies apart, the BNP was more than a year old before a major publicity opportunity presented itself. 15 Rather than winning votes – in only ﬁve constituencies were election addresses delivered to every household – the central purpose of the British National Party’s 1983 election campaign was to win publicity and recruit new members.